An important work focussing on character, not personality. A witty, emotive, delightfully meandering presentation of why society has and could continue to deteriorate in terms of increasingly superficial perspectives, lazy thinking and disrespectful behaviours.
Psychological theory is placed into context with humanity’s mythical, religious and philosophical framework, alongside clinical and personal experiences that display the humour, sadness and, too often, horror of existence.
The tools offered within Petersen’s ‘rules’ can help us deepen our thinking, reduce extreme perspectives, become more self-aware and, critically, develop greater self-respect.
The single most powerful message I take from this book is for individuals to take complete responsibility for their own decisions, actions and outcomes.